Mutambara et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (7), pp.579-584, July 2013.
Manuscript Number: 062013681
Impacts of Nutritional Gardens on Health of Communal Households; A Case Study of Nyanga North District
*Jackqeline Mutambara, Tapiwa Satambara and
University of Zimbabwe, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Box MP 167, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe
The premise of this study was to evaluate the contributions
of nutritional gardening on household nutritional status.
This was considered important in providing a feedback to
promoters and users of nutritional gardens. This study used
secondary baseline data and primary data on nutritional
status before and after adoption of gardening from a sample
of 40 households. A comparative study design using a t-test
was then effected to compare the nutritional status before
and after practicing garderning. The study revealed that
there was a statistically significant difference on the
nutritional status of households before and after adoption
of nutritional gardens. On average, the weight-for-age for
children under five years of age was higher (90%) after
nutritional gardens than before 73%, prevalence of illnesses
was lower (21%) after nutritional gardens than before (71%),
chronically ill adults were higher (30%) before than after
(27%) and malnutrition in children was lower (5%) after than
before (13%). Promoters and users of nutritional gardening
such as government, non governmental organizations, private
sector and farmers were encouraged to promote the concept in
order to improve households nutritional status.
Keywords: Evaluate, feedback, comparative, weight, age, illness, malnutrition, chronically.
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